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Computer engineers design, develop, analyze, research, and manufacture hardware, software, and systems that process, store, and convey digital information. These systems include personal computers, workstations, mainframe computers, and embedded digital systems. Embedded systems consist of one to many computers within other products such as aircraft, automobiles, communication switching systems, networking components, biomedical instrumentation, and industrial automation systems. These systems are characterized by the use of digital electronic hardware and software in performing useful tasks. Computer software in combination with digital integrated circuits provides the foundation for the current revolution in computers and communications. This focus on software and digital hardware distinguishes the computer engineer from the electrical engineer.

Admission to the College as a Freshman

Students applying to UW–Madison need to indicate an engineering major as their first choice in order to be considered for direct admission to the College of Engineering. Direct admission to a major means students will start in the program of their choice in the College of Engineering and will need to meet progression requirements at the end of the first year to guarantee advancement in that program.

Cross-Campus Transfer to Engineering

UW–Madison students in other schools and colleges on campus must meet the course and credit requirements for admission to engineering degree granting classifications specified in the general college requirements. The requirements are the minimum for admission consideration. Cross-campus admission is competitive and selective, and the grade point average expectations may increase as demand trends change. The student’s overall academic record at UW–Madison is also considered. Students apply to their intended engineering program by submitting the online application by stated deadlines for spring and fall. The College of Engineering offers group information sessions for students to learn about the cross-campus transfer process.

Off-Campus Transfer to Engineering

With careful planning, students at other accredited institutions can transfer coursework that will apply toward engineering degree requirements at UW–Madison. Off-campus transfer applicants are considered for direct admission to the College of Engineering by applying to the Office of Admissions with an engineering major listed as their first choice. Those who are admitted to their intended engineering program must meet progression requirements at the point of transfer or within their first two semesters at UW–Madison to guarantee advancement in that program. A minimum of 30 credits in residence in the College of Engineering is required after transferring, and all students must meet all requirements for their major in the college. Transfer admission to the College of Engineering is competitive and selective, and students who have earned more than 80 transferable semester credits at the time of application are not eligible to apply.

Off-campus transfer students are encouraged to discuss their interests, academic background, and admission options with the Transfer Admissions and Advising Coordinator in the College of Engineering: ugtransfer@engr.wisc.edu or 608-262-2473.

Second Bachelor's Degree

The College of Engineering does not accept second undergraduate degree applications. Second degree students might explore the Biological Systems Engineering program at UW–Madison, an undergraduate engineering degree elsewhere, or a graduate program in the College of Engineering.

University General Education Requirements

All undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are required to fulfill a minimum set of common university general education requirements to ensure that every graduate acquires the essential core of an undergraduate education. This core establishes a foundation for living a productive life, being a citizen of the world, appreciating aesthetic values, and engaging in lifelong learning in a continually changing world. Various schools and colleges will have requirements in addition to the requirements listed below. Consult your advisor for assistance, as needed. For additional information, see the university Undergraduate General Education Requirements section of the Guide.

General Education
  • Breadth—Humanities/Literature/Arts: 6 credits
  • Breadth—Natural Science: 4 to 6 credits, consisting of one 4- or 5-credit course with a laboratory component; or two courses providing a total of 6 credits
  • Breadth—Social Studies: 3 credits
  • Communication Part A & Part B *
  • Ethnic Studies *
  • Quantitative Reasoning Part A & Part B *

* The mortarboard symbol appears before the title of any course that fulfills one of the Communication Part A or Part B, Ethnic Studies, or Quantitative Reasoning Part A or Part B requirements.

The following curriculum applies to students who were admitted to the computer engineering degree program (classification changed to CMPE) in fall 2013 or later.

Summary of Requirements

Mathematics19
Science21
Computer Engineering Core32
Computer Engineering Advanced Electives16
Professional Electives9
Introduction to Engineering1
Communication Skills6
Liberal Studies15
Free Elective1
Total Credits120

Mathematics

MATH 221 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 15
or MATH 217 Calculus with Algebra and Trigonometry II
or MATH 275 Topics in Calculus I
MATH 222 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 24
or MATH 276 Topics in Calculus II
MATH 234 Calculus--Functions of Several Variables4
MATH/​COMP SCI  240 Introduction to Discrete Mathematics3
Probability/Statistics Elective (select one)3
Introduction to Theory and Methods of Mathematical Statistics I
Introduction to the Theory of Probability
Introduction to Random Signal Analysis and Statistics
Total Credits19

 Science

COMP SCI 300 Programming II3
COMP SCI 400 Programming III3
PHYSICS 201 General Physics5
or PHYSICS 207 General Physics
PHYSICS 202 General Physics5
or PHYSICS 208 General Physics
Select one of the following:5-9
Advanced General Chemistry
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
Total Credits21-25

Computer Engineering Core

E C E 203 Signals, Information, and Computation3
E C E 210 Introductory Experience in Electrical Engineering2
E C E 219 Analytical Methods for Electromagnetics Engineering1
E C E 220 Electrodynamics I3
E C E 230 Circuit Analysis4
E C E/​COMP SCI  252 Introduction to Computer Engineering2
E C E 270 Circuits Laboratory I1
E C E 315 Introductory Microprocessor Laboratory1
E C E 340 Electronic Circuits I3
E C E/​COMP SCI  352 Digital System Fundamentals3
E C E 353 Introduction to Microprocessor Systems3
E C E/​COMP SCI  354 Machine Organization and Programming3
E C E 551 Digital System Design and Synthesis3
Total Credits32

 Computer Engineering Advanced Electives

Electronic Circuits Elective3
Electronic Circuits II
Applied Communications Systems
Analog MOS Integrated Circuit Design
Introduction to Microelectromechanical Systems
Integrated Circuit Design
Digital Circuits and Components
Systems Software Elective3-4
Software Engineering
Introduction to Programming Languages and Compilers
Introduction to Operating Systems
Database Management Systems: Design and Implementation
Capstone Design4
Embedded Microprocessor System Design
Mobile Computing Laboratory 1
Digital Engineering Laboratory
CMPE Elective I3
Communication Networks
Introduction to Computer Architecture
Testing and Testable Design of Digital Systems
Design Automation of Digital Systems
CMPE Elective II3
Total Credits16-17
1

 E C E 454 Mobile Computing Laboratory and COMP SCI 407 Foundations of Mobile Systems and Applications cannot both be taken for degree credit.

Professional Electives

Professional Electives9
Courses to be taken in an area of professional interest. The following courses are acceptable as professional electives if the courses are not used to meet any other degree requirements.
Cooperative Education Program (One co-op credit can count towards professional electives.)
Introduction to Solid State Electronics
Electrodynamics II
Signals and Systems
Introduction to Random Signal Analysis and Statistics
Feedback Control Systems
State Space Systems Analysis
Microelectronic Devices
Electronic Circuits II (may be used if not already used as an Electronic Circuits Advanced Elective)
Electromechanical Energy Conversion
Electric Power Processing for Alternative Energy Systems
ECE courses numbered 399 and higher
Computer Science courses numbered 400 and higher
Techniques in Ordinary Differential Equations
Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
Applied Mathematical Analysis
Applied Mathematical Analysis
Elementary Matrix and Linear Algebra
Linear Algebra
Math courses numbered 400 and higher
Statistics courses numbered 400 and higher
Any biological sciences course that is designated as intermediate or advanced level
Any physical science course that is designated as intermediate or advanced level
Any natural science course that is designated as advanced level, except that math, computer sciences, and statistics courses must follow the above criteria
Engineering courses numbered 300 and higher that are not ECE or cross-listed with ECE
Fundamentals of Accounting and Finance for Non-Business Majors
Fundamentals of Management and Marketing for Non-Business Majors
Introduction to Entrepreneurial Management
Venture Creation
Technology Entrepreneurship
Special Topics (Wearable Technologies)
Current Topics in Dance: Workshop (Making Digital Lighting Controls)

Introduction to Engineering

INTEREGR 110 Introduction to Engineering1
Total Credits1

 Communication Skills

ENGL 100 Introduction to College Composition3
or LSC 100 Science and Storytelling
or COM ARTS 100 Introduction to Speech Composition
or ESL 118 Academic Writing II
E P D 397 Technical Communication3
Total Credits6

Liberal Studies Electives 

College of Engineering Liberal Studies Requirements
Complete requirements 115
Total Credits15
1

All liberal studies credits must be identified with the letter H, S, L, or Z. Language courses are acceptable without the letter and are considered humanities. Note: See an ECE advisor and/or the EE Curriculum Guide for additional information.

Total Degree Credits: 120

At the time of graduation, UW-Madison Computer Engineering students will have attained:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. an ability to communicate effectively.
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

sample FOUR-YEAR PLAN

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 2215MATH 2224
CHEM 1095Liberal Studies Elective3
E C E/​COMP SCI  2522PHYSICS 2015
Communications A3E C E 2102
 INTEREGR 1101
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
E C E 2033MATH/​COMP SCI  2403
E C E/​COMP SCI  3523E C E 2191
MATH 2344E C E 2304
PHYSICS 2025E C E 2701
 COMP SCI 3003
 Liberal Studies Elective3
 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
E C E 3533E C E 3151
E C E 2203E C E 5513
E C E 3403Circuits Elective3
E C E/​COMP SCI  3543Probability and Statistics Elective3
COMP SCI 4003E P D 3973
 Liberal Studies Elective3
 15 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
E C E 453, 454, or 5544COMP SCI 536, 537, or 5643-4
Computer Engineering Elective3Computer Engineering Elective3
Professional Elective3Professional Elective3
Liberal Studies Elective3Professional Elective3
Free Elective1Liberal Studies Elective3
 14 15-16
Total Credits 120-121

ADVISING

Each College of Engineering program has academic advisors dedicated to serving its students. Program advisors can help current College of Engineering students with questions about accessing courses, navigating degree requirements, resolving academic issues and more. Students can find their assigned advisor on the homepage of their student center. 

ENGINEERING CAREER SERVICES

Engineering Career Services (ECS) assists students in identifying pre-professional work-based learning experiences such as co-ops and summer internships, considering and applying to graduate or professional school, and finding full-time professional employment during their graduation year.

ECS offers two major career fairs per year, assists with resume writing and interviewing skills, hosts workshops on the job search, and meets one-on-one with students to discuss offer negotiations.

Students are encouraged to utilize the ECS office early in their academic careers. For comprehensive information on ECS programs and workshops, see the ECS website or call 608-262-3471.

Professors Booske (chair), Anderson, Barmish, Behdad, Boston, Botez, DeMarco, Gubner (vice chair), Hagness, Hitchon, Hu, Jahns, Jiang, Knezevic, Lesieutre, Lipasti, Ma, Mawst, Nowak, Ramanathan (vice chair), Sayeed, Sethares, Shohet, van der Weide, Van Veen, Venkataramanan, Wendt; Associate Professors Davoodi, Milenkovic, Morrow, Willett; Assistant Professors Farrell, Fawaz, Jog, Kats, Kim, Lessard, Li, Loh, Ludois, Papailiopoulos, Severson, Velten, Yu, Zhang; Faculty Associates Allie, Fredette, Krachey, Milicic, Morrow, Lu; Lecturer Hoffman